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School Board Recognitions
May 19, 2015

6A. VHSL 2015 State Debate Champions
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We ask parents and guests to remain seated until all awards and recognitions are completed.

The School Board is pleased to welcome and recognize the 2015 VHSL State Debate Champions from Princess Anne and First Colonial high schools. Representing the Cavaliers from Princess Anne High School are:

  • Renee Mitchell; and
  • Charlotte Van Schenck

This duo from Princess Anne High School captured top honors in the Group 4A/5A Policy category. The topic for the debate was - The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

After a respectful yet intense debate, the Cavaliers defeated their opponents from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology which is a state-chartered magnet school in Fairfax.

Please join me in congratulating Renee and Charlotte on their victory and their ability to think critically and communicate their opinions so well.

Also joining us this evening is the state champion debate team from First Colonial High School. Team members include:

  • Lucas Anderton;
  • Jason Boleman;
  • Tommy Cerja;
  • Sydney Cherry;
  • Talia Clark;
  • Sarah Conley;
  • Lindsay Cunningham;
  • Katie Hall;
  • Brianne Habit;
  • Sean Lewis;
  • Isabel Mastrangeli;
  • Connor Reid;
  • Vanna Scholefield; and
  • Ben Smith

The team is coached by Aaron Pratt who will accept the team’s plaque. This is the second consecutive state championship for The FCHS Debate Team. They placed and scored sweepstakes points in all four categories of debate. Which, if you don’t follow debate competitions closely, is a big deal! So, congratulations! By the way, 13 members of this team are students in the Legal Studies Academy at F- C.

In addition to winning the state team title, one member – Jason Boleman- also earned first place as an individual competitor in the Lincoln-Douglas debate category. This competition has its origins in the political debates of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858.

Please join me in congratulating Jason and the other members of the First Colonial debate team on earning their state championship titles.

6B. 2015-16 Class of Brickell Scholars
The School Board is pleased to welcome and recognize the Class of 2016 Brickell Scholars. The following students were selected for this honor based on their high academic achievement and commitment to learning.

From Bayside High School:

  • Laura Bussiere; and
  • Roseanna Quinanola

Representing Cox High School:

  • Jack Muriano who is unable to join us this evening; and
  • Brendan Vachris

From First Colonial High School:

  • Abby Budorick for is currently out of town volunteering for Operation Smile; and
  • Chloe Cohen

Representing Green Run High School:

  • Kennedy Hatcher-Wilson; and
  • Katherine Seranni

From Kellam High School:

  • Meredith Alwine; and
  • Brooke Olson who is unable to join us this evening

From Kempsville High School:

  • Mark Albert; and
  • Samantha Pittman

Representing Landstown High School:

  • Abriel Armour; and
  • Brian Chin

From Ocean Lakes High School:

  • Camryn Burley – who is unable to join us this evening; and
  • Bradley Hilliard

From Princess Anne High School:

  • Anna Li; and
  • Renee Mitchell

From Salem High School:

  • Virginia Faust; and
  • Veridiana Silva

And representing Tallwood High School:

  • Monica Abouelsaad; and
  • Samantha Pitz

The E. E. Brickell Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Rotary Club. Its purpose is to honor students whose academic performance is exceptional. Selected at the end of their junior year in high school, Brickell Scholars participate in a seminar program and meet with Virginia Beach Rotary Club members on a regular basis throughout their senior year. At the conclusion of their senior year, one member of this impressive group of students is awarded the annual Brickell Scholarship by the Rotary Club.

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2016 Brickell Scholars.

6C. 2015 Brickell Scholarship Recipient

That segues nicely to our next recognition. The School Board is pleased to recognize the recipient of the 2015 Brickell Scholarship – John Costello, a senior at Ocean Lakes High School.

As the Brickell Scholarship recipient, John will receive a $5,000 award to help him continue his education. Criteria for this award, which is named after former superintendent Dr. Edward E. Brickell, includes demonstrating an excellent grade-point average, enrollment in the most challenging academic courses, displaying evidence of scholarly work outside of the regular school curriculum and achievement of the highest scores on standardized testing.

John is committed to academic and personal excellence in all areas. This AP scholar is the recipient of numerous academic awards, as well as having earned several leadership distinctions in his school and community. This scholarship will come in handy in the fall when John heads off to college. He is currently deciding whether he will attend the University of Virginia or the College of William and Mary. Both are great options! John was previously presented with this Brickell scholarship at a dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Rotary Club. Like John and his family, we are all excited to see what the future holds for this exceptional young man.

Please join me in congratulating John Costello - the 2015 Brickell Scholarship recipient!

6D. Future Teacher Awards
The School Board is pleased to recognize the 2015 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Future Teacher Award recipients. The purpose of this award is to honor and reward outstanding students who have indicated their intent to pursue teaching as a career. These awards were instituted in 2008 and are administered through the Department of Human Resources. Each year, any principal whose school has an active Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Education program may select up to two award recipients. As a recipient, each of tonight’s honorees will be offered a teaching contract with VBCPS once they earn a degree through an approved teacher education program and meet all regular employment requirements.

Please welcome the 2015 future teachers from Bayside High School:

  • Erin Parker; and
  • Morgan Scott

From Cox High School:

  • Alexis Pace; and
  • Jessie-Kate Parker

From First Colonial High School:

  • Benjamin Stahl

From Green Run High School:

  • Alicia Hanaczewski

From Kellam High School:

  • Jacob Litzenberg; and
  • Amber Senecal

From Kempsville High School

  • Lauren Wickizer

From Landstown High School:

  • Hannah Yang

From Ocean Lakes High School:

  • Sarah Lentini; and
  • Sierra Paasch

From Princess Anne High School:

  • Morgan Hennessy; and
  • Julia Inglesby

From Salem High School:

  • Kristin Levis; and
  • Alissa Letourneau

From Tallwood High School:

  • Taylor Jacobson

And from the Technical and Career Education Center:

  • Victorian McGee

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students.

6E. 2016 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the year
And finally tonight, the School Board is pleased to recognize Bradley Ward, a fifth-grade teacher at Rosemont Forest Elementary School who was recently named the 2016 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Citywide Teacher of the Year.

Bradley has been teaching for 15 years, 10 of which have been with VBCPS. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from Liberty University and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

According to his principal Greg Furlich, Bradley’s passion for science and love of teaching are apparent to all who meet him. In his nomination, Furlich wrote, “For Mr. Ward, STEM is not a subject, but rather a teaching philosophy that permeates everything he does in the classroom.”

Bradley was selected as the Citywide Teacher of the Year from a pool of 87 school Teachers of the Year. As the division representative, he will now be considered for regional and statewide honors. We wish him the best of luck!

He is certainly a role model for his peers and our future teachers who are present here tonight.

Please join me in congratulating our outstanding 2016 Citywide Teacher of the Year – Bradley Ward!

That concludes the scheduled recognitions for this evening, Mr. Chairman.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018